Solo project of Encircling Sea’s R. Allen, Vaiya, was founded for the express purpose of channelling ritual energy through music. Where Encircling Sea is focussed on the positive and physical aspects of spiritual change, conversely, Vaiya is the symbolic other, concentrated in darkness and turmoil. The music, in both creation and performance, is used as a vehicle for awakening and transcendence in the metaphysical chaos and endeavours toward an enlightened physicality. Vaiya encompasses ritual as an instrument of personal development, to deeper understand the self and exceed the delusion of modernity. To find the true path, buried deep within the blood memory, which will illuminate the ultimate conclusion of existence. Influenced deeply by the Indo-European spiritual traditions in Nordic mythology, especially and specifically the spiritual power of the Runes, and the ancient Vedic texts, filtered through Black Metal and Folk, Vaiya is nothing new. Ultimately, it is something ancient and timeless. Not meant for broad understanding, Vaiya is a journey outwards, from darkness toward the light that remains, free of shadows and void of confusion.